Weed poses health hazards in Amaravati capital region
Non-agricultural activity in the capital region villages has posed a major threat to the people and cattle of the region.
At present there is no agricultural activity in the CRDA villages. As a result, a deleterious wild plant called Vayyaribhama (Parthenium hysterophorus) was spotted on the abandoned lands. This weed grows opulently in the lands of CRDA villages, particularly in zareeb lands. Due to its high productiveness especially in warmer climates, a single plant cam produce 10,000 to 15,000 viable seeds and these seeds can scatter and sprout to cover large areas, according to agriculture scientists.
If such is the case, the worst hit areas are likely along the banks of river Krishna, in Guntur and Krishna districts, where the Chief Minister’s official residence is also located. This weed is known to cause many health hazards affecting food and fodder crops, according to Professor M. Jagannadha Rao.
“The pollen and dust of this weed elicit allergic contact dermatitis, breathlessness, choking, allergic bronchitis and other respiratory problems in humans.” he observed and warned that the people living in those areas should be very careful, following the wild threat from that weed. Exposure of these plants also causes systemic toxicity in live stock, a senior veterinary surgeon said and added that loss of skin pigmentation, dermatitis and diarrhea may hit the animals. Milk and meat quality of cattle or sheep also deteriorates on consumption of this weed, he opined.
In fact, a team of agricultural officers have reportedly sent their findings, almost similar to the observations made by agriculture, veterinary and geological scientists to the state government. The team of agricultural officers have expressed concern over this weed menace, and urged the government to take steps to arrest the spread of these wild plants immediately.
Keeping in view the of harms caused by this weed, the people of those 29 CRDA villages and their cattle also need to protect themselves as it may spread further in the coming rainy season.
Note: THE WORST hit areas are likely along the banks of river Krishna, in Guntur and Krishna districts, where the CM’s official residence is also located.